Your data

Sharing your electronic patient records

Electronic records are kept in all the places where you receive healthcare. Often, NHS care services can usually only share information from those records by letter, email, fax or phone. At times, this can slow down your treatment and mean information is hard to access.

This electronic record service uses a secure computer system that allows the sharing of full electronic records across different NHS care services.

You can choose to share or not to share your full electronic record with other NHS care services where you are treated and whether we can view records held by those other services.

If you choose to make your record shareable

If you choose to make your record shareable, your clinical details will only be viewable by clinical teams who are treating you. Each clinical team which cares for you now or in the future will ask your permission to view your shared record. You can also ask for part of your record to be made private – not shareable. All accesses are recorded and auditable.

If you choose not to make your records shareable

If you choose not to make your records shareable, we will respect your wishes and will do our best to make your care safe and efficient. However, denying the clinical teams caring for you the ability to access important clinical details could compromise your care.

How the NHS uses your data

Your health records contain confidential patient information, which can be used to help with research and planning. If you would like this to stop, you can opt out of this yourself or on behalf of someone else. For example, if you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13.

Read more about how the NHS uses your data

How to choose if data from your health records is shared


For more information about how we use your data please read the practice privacy policy.

The Wharfedale Airedale and Craven Alliance (WACA) is an independent voice of primary care within the three diverse communities of the Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group region. See the website for more information.

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